Mellon ponders offers for players

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FLEETWOOD Town are still on a high after Tuesday’s 5-2 win at Mansfield and could be ready to ship out fringe players during the transfer window.

An unspecified number of players have attracted offers, which the Highbury club are considering, though no deals have yet been finalised.

Manager Micky Mellon said: “There are players who need games and we have had offers for them.

“I don’t want to specify which player because that could only cause upset.”

Mellon said he did not expect to explore the transfer market to seek defensive cover for Paul Linwood, who is out for three to four weeks with a cartilage injury.

“Luckily, we have cover in that position, and Nathan Pond has shown that he can slot in comfortably there.”

Fleetwood have a blank weekend ahead of one of Highbury’s biggest matches ever on Tuesday, the visit of high-flying Wimbledon.

Mellon said: “It will be a massive game for us and they don’t come any bigger than playing against the league leaders.

“We should have Junior Brown fit for that match and the same goes for Jamie Mullan.”

The weekend off means Town must wait for the chance to carry on the form they showed in seeing off Mansfield in such comprehensive style.

Mellon said: “I would not go as far as to say the win over Mansfield was the best since I became manager, but it is up there with the best of them to go to a former Football League club and win as we did.

“We have been playing well all season, and creating chances without putting them away, but we did say we would be capable of getting three, four or maybe five if we took all of our chances and that happened against Mansfield. It is something we worked really hard on.”

Mellon paid tribute to Magno Vieira, who notched his first Town hat-trick against the Stags.

The Fleetwood boss enthused: “He is terrific, an unbelievable finisher, but there is more to his game than that.

“His touch is superb, and his link-up play is as good as any player in this division.”

n FLEETWOOD had encouraging news over the fitness of midfielder Jamie Milligan.

Concerns over possible long-term problems with a knee injury have been allayed.

Mellon said: “Some stuff showed up on a scan which worried us, but the medical people have said it is problem that can be dealt with by resting properly after training and after games.”

The Fleetwood manager will spend Saturday scouting at a Blue Square Bet Premier match before concentrating fully on the challenge posed by Wimbledon on Tuesday.